This course is suitable for anyone interested in manufacturing processes, learning how things work and some practical engineering skills. You may be thinking about a career in one of the many branches of engineering such as mechanical, electronic, civil and design or you may be considering a manufacturing or industrial engineering career.  A BTEC Extended Certificate is a vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A level programmes or BTEC Extended Certificates. Although not necessary, a GCSE qualification in Physics would be advantageous due to the demands in some units.

Most sessions will be taught in the Eastburn Building – our Engineering, Training and Skills Centre – which host CADCAM facilities and two superbly equipped engineering workshops. You will be expected to spend considerable time each week on private study to complete assignment based projects. As your group will consist of students who have undertaken a number of different courses at GCSE, the early part of this course will concentrate on building up your confidence with a wide range of materials and manufacturing processes, as well as your design communication skills through drawing, modelling and computer aided design (CAD).

Unit 1: Engineering Principles
> Unit 2: Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
> Unit 9: Work Experience in the Engineering Sector
> Unit 10: Computer Aided Design in Engineering
> Unit 25: Mechanical Behaviour of Metallic Materials
> Unit 41: Manufacturing Secondary Machining Processes


How am I assessed? Through internal and external assessments. You will regularly submit projects for marking throughout the course. Some are assessed by your teachers and then moderated by the board. Work is graded and written feedback is provided, enabling you to see how well you are doing and the strengths of your work as well as allowing you to reflect on areas which can be developed further. Your work will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. The BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points.

Future Paths

This course is good preparation for anyone wishing to go into employment or higher education in the engineering field. Local companies sometimes contact the school to help them recruit staff, and sometimes the work experience placement results in the offer of full-time employment at the end of the course. Many students have found the BTEC National Diploma in Engineering to be a very successful and appropriate route into university or an apprenticeship. Our previous students have gone on to a wide variety of courses and apprenticeships.

  • Further Education
    With a qualification in Engineering, you could progress to university
    Potential courses include:
    > Art and Design
    > Design and Technology
    > General Studies
    > Mathematics
    > Physics
  • Careers
    Potential careers you can go into with an Engineering qualification include:
    > Aerospace Engineering
    > Civil Engineering
    > Nuclear Engineering
    > Teaching
    > Welding